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  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open       • entries:   Antwerp & Pattaya - Dubai & Rio de Janeiro - Doha & Acapulco - Monterrey & KL - Indian Wells         • 2015 WTA Sched

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n1 S Williams, n2 M Sharapova
n3 S Halep, n4 P Kvitova
n5 A Ivanovic, n6 A Radwanska
n7 E Bouchard, n8 C Wozniacki
n9 A Kerber, n10 K Makarova

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
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    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    Serena won despite suffering from illness, coughing badly and leaving the court to throw up at one point.

    Serena said: "The match definitely got tough in the second set. Maria started playing a lot better. She started being a little more aggressive. I think I got a little more passive. Was just trying to get the ball back in play. But I also started serving better in the second set because I knew if I wasn't having my groundstrokes where I wanted them to be, I knew I could serve it out. So, yeah, it definitely got really interesting." postmatch interview

    Maria said: "In the finish I definitely thought I could have put a few more serves in in the tiebreaker. Giving her many looks on the second serve. Even though they were good, deep second serves, she was ready. Aggressive. She hit a couple of winners. Then some of the service games where I had 15-30 or 30-All, she came up with really big serves, ones I sometimes couldn't get my reach at. Those you just have to let go and keep going." postmatch interview

    Serena now leads Maria 17-2 in career matches; Maria's two wins both occurred in 2004. Their most recent meeting last year on a Laykold hardcourt in the semifinals at Miami, when Serena defeated Maria 6-4, 6-3.

    Sunday Men's Final: s1 Novak Djokovic SRB v s6 Andy Murray GBR

    Final photos are up: The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Australian Open

s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Australian Open, QFs, Tue-Wed 11am
loser: AUD$340,000, 430 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Wed
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-0 Tue
*n33 Madison Keys USA d n18 s18 Venus Williams USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wed
Australian Open, SFs, Thu 1:30pm+
loser: AUD$650,000, 780 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n33 Madison Keys USA 7-6(4), 6-2
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-2
Australian Open, Final, Sat cRL 7:30pm
loser: AUD$1,550,000, 1300 points
winner: AUD$3,100,000, 2000 pts
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-3, 7-6(5)
Australian Open, Doubles Final, Friday cRL 4pm
losers' prize: AUD$285,000
winners' prize: AUD$575,000
Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Lucie Safarova CZE
    d s14 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 7-6(5)

Australian Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun cRL 4pm
losers: AUD$71,500; winners: AUD$142,500
s3 Kristina Mladenovic & Daniel Nestor
    v s7 Martina Hingis & Leander Paes

Australian Open, Junior Girls Final, Sat
*Tereza Mihalikova SVK d s14 Katie Swan GBR 6-1, 6-4

Australian Open, Junior Girls' Doubles Final, Fri
s2 Miriam Kolodziejova CZE & Marketa Vondrousova CZE
    d Katharina Hobgarski GER & Greet Minnen BEL 7-5, 6-4

Australian Open, Withdrawals, Non-entries
n56 Jana Cepelova SVK withdrawal
n57 Petra Cetkovska CZE non-entry
n112 Vania King USA non-entry

  WTA Feb 7-8 2015 Fed Cup QFs

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n=rank, *=upset, d=doubles rank         ranks are for the current week
Czech Republic at Canada
  PEPS, Québec City, Canada | Hard, Indoor | Ball: Wilson US Open Regular Duty
Saturday, Feb 7 1300hrs GMT

Sunday, Feb 8 1300hrs GMT

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n d Karolina Pliskova
n d Tereza Smitkova
n d Denisa Allertova
n d Lucie Hradecka
Captain: Petr Pala
n d Sharon Fichman
n d Gabriela Dabrowski
n d Francoise Abanda
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau
France at Italy
  105 Stadium, Genoa, Italy | Clay (Red Clay), Indoor | Ball: TBA
Saturday, Feb 7 1400hrs GMT

Sunday, Feb 8 1200hrs GMT

n d Alize Cornet
n d Caroline Garcia
n d Kristina Mladenovic
n d Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amélie Mauresmo
n d Sara Errani
n d Camila Giorgi
n d Roberta Vinci
n d Karin Knapp
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
Russia at Poland
  Krakow Arena , Krakow, Poland | Hard (Acrylic), Indoor | Ball: Wilson Aus. Open
Saturday, Feb 7 1100hrs GMT

Sunday, Feb 8 1100hrs GMT

n d Agnieszka Radwanska
n d Urszula Radwanska
n d Alicja Rosolska
n d Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski
n d Maria Sharapova
n d Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n d Svetlana Kuznetsova
n d Vitalia Diatchenko
Captain: Anastasia Myskina
Australia at Germany
  Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany | Hard (Acrylic), Indoor | Ball: TBA
Saturday, Feb 7 1200hrs GMT

Sunday, Feb 8 1130hrs GMT

n d Samantha Stosur
n d Casey Dellacqua
n d Jarmila Gajdosova
n d Olivia Rogowska
Captain: Alicia Molik
n d Angelique Kerber
n d Andrea Petkovic
n d Sabine Lisicki
n d Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

  WTA Feb 9-15: Antwerp & Pattaya

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n D Cibulkova, n A Petkovic

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n Z Diyas, n K Nara

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  WTA Jan 11-18: Sydney & Hobart


#4 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

#50 Heather Watson
5' 7" 138lb RH 2H-BH

Apia Int'l, Sydney, AUS PREMIER 700 $731,000 30m/48q/16d outdoor: hard
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Moorilla Int'l, Hobart, Tasmania, AUS INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Friday at Sydney, Australia, in the final of the Apia International, the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 2nd seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 champion at Linz and Seoul, 22 year old seeded #23 (last week; this week at a new career high: #27) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) (Petra is shown holding the glassware after the match). Petra's prize is $124,000; Karolina's prize is $66,400.

    On Saturday at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, in the final of the ASB Classic, the 2012 champion at Osaka, 22 year old #50 (career high: #39) Heather Watson from Guernsey, England, defeated 24 year old qualifier #91 Madison Brengle from Dover, Delaware, 6-3, 6-4 (Heather is shown holding the woodwork after the match). Heather's prize is $43,000; Madison's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Sydney & Hobart 2015 tourney page holds 29 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 16 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Brisbane, Auckland & Shenzhen; ITF Perth Jan 4-11


#18 Venus Williams
6' 1" 160lb RH 2H-BH

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Brisbane International, AUS PREMIER $1,000,000 30m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
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ASB Classic, Auckland, NZL INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

Shenzhen Open CHN INTL $500,000 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Saturday at Brisbane, Australia, in the final of the Brisbane International, the 2014 champion at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart, 27 year old top seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Tokyo, Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey, 27 year old 2nd seeded #5 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown). Maria's prize is $195,026; Ana's prize is $104,014.

    At Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, in the final of the ASB Classic, the 2014 champion at Dubai, 34 year old 3rd seeded #18 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2014 champ at Istanbul (and US Open finalist), 24 year old top seeded #8 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown). Venus's prize is $43,000; Caro's prize is $21,400.

    In the Guangdong province of China on Saturday, in the final of the Shenzhen Open, the 2014 champion at Doha & Bucharest (and French Open finalist), 23 year old top seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, defeated 25 year old 8th seeded #48 (career high: #37) Timea Bacsinszky from Belmont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-2 (photo shown). Simona's prize is $111,163; Timea's prize is $55,323.

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Brisbane, Auckland & Shenzhen; ITF Perth tourney page holds 28 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 26 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
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         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon


#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos

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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
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    In her first column, the San Diego Union's new Women's Sports Editor Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly, retired as the world's greatest lady tennis star at a ripe old 21, showed that sports punditry is as easy for her as smashing a tennis ball down an opponents throat.
    Lamented Little Mo in great pontifical style: "[On] the American scene today ... we're reducing sports to a cluster of numbers on a board ... We ... are expecting our champions to be stadium automatons, the human equivalents of the balls in a super pinball machine ... We're watching for the numbers to light up and forgetting the play."

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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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